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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Some of the images sit there unmoving for too long, but that very same stasis also helps create and enforce the underlying tension, the tormented…

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The King and the Mockingbird

What a tortured path The King and the Mockingbird has taken to reach theaters in the United States, and what a treat it is for…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: 21 October 1772 - 25 July 1834 coleridge1_2.jpgTom O'Bedlam reminds me that it was Coleridge who coined the phrase "the willing suspension of disbelief." What follows is a 1977 experimental film by Larry Jordan, using animated engravings of Gustave Dore with Orson Welles reading the Coleridge poem. Then there is Tom O'Bedlam reading "Kubla Khan," and a charming video for an English class about the life of Coleridge. I end with a tribute to Welles. He and Coleridge would have enjoyed one another. gravestonelge.jpg

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